Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3297: Comparative Political Economy: Varieties of Capitalism

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
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This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

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Available via distance learning


This module has been designed to offer you an introduction to the field of Comparative Political Economy (CPE). The study of cross-national variation in economic institutions matters because it reveals how politics shapes market outcomes, forging different responses to global challenges. Three main questions are addressed throughout the module: (1) to what extent has global neoliberalism led countries to build similar institutions? (2) what are the main features of capitalism in different regions of the world? (3) how does institutional variation explain the different patterns of stability and crisis in advanced and developing economies?

No pre-requisite or co-requisite modules are required to take this module, but some previous knowledge of political economy is desirable.

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